SD52 Central Committee Meetings
4th Tuesday of every month at 6:45 PM

Westview Park Apartments
285 Westview Drive
West St Paul, MN 55118

New Public Laws Since January 2019. (116th Congress) @ United States Congress
Aug 7 – Sep 9 all-day

List of Public Laws on Congress.Gov

Enacted bills and joint resolutions appear on this list after NARA assigns public law (PL) numbers. PL numbers link to slip law texts after they have been published by GPO.


New laws organized by category:


PL 116-7 (TXT | PDF)H.R.439 – National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act. This bill revises the charter of the National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America). Such revisions include (1) making it a purpose of the organization to be an integral component of agricultural education, and (2) removing the Secretary of Education as the chair of the National FFA Board of Directors.

PL 116-8, S.483 – Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018. This bill enacts into law the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018 (115HR1029) from the 115th Congress, as passed by the Senate.

Crime Prevention

PL 116-32, S.998 – Supporting and Treating Officers In Crisis Act of 2019. To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to expand support for police officer family services, stress reduction, and suicide prevention, and for other purposes.

PL 116-31, S.744 – Effective Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act of 2019. To amend section 175b of title 18, United States Code, to correct a scrivener’s error.

PL 116-18, H.R.2379 – To reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program. This bill makes permanent the authority for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program. The BVP Program provides grants to states and localities to purchase body armor vests for law enforcement officers.

PL 116-2, (TXT | PDF)H.R.251 – Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act. This bill extends by 15 months the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program.

Disaster Preparedness

PL 116-19, S.1693 – National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2019. This bill reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program through June 14, 2019. The bill shall take effect as if it had been enacted on May 31, 2019.

PL 116-14, H.R.2030 – Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. This bill requires the Department of the Interior to carry out the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan which was submitted to Congress on March 19, 2019, by Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Interior must execute the plan without delay and operate applicable Colorado River System reservoirs accordingly.


PL 116-13, H.R.276 – Recognizing Achievement in Classified School Employees Act. To direct the Secretary of Education to establish the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award Program recognizing excellence exhibited by classified school employees providing services to students in prekindergarten through high school.

Foreign Affairs

PL 116-24, H.R.559 – Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act. This bill grants Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Resident status to certain aliens who have resided continuously and lawfully in the CNMI since November 28, 2009.

Government Operations

PL 116-30, H.R.866 – Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019. This bill requires that certain public buildings that are open to the public and contain a public restroom provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and is available for use by members of the public to express milk. The lactation room must be shielded from public view, be free from intrusion, and contain a chair, a working surface, and (if the building is supplied with electricity) an electrical outlet.

PL 116-34, H.R.1327 – Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. This bill funds through FY2092 the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.

PL 116-38, S.2249 – A bill to allow the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration on the date of enactment of this Act to continue to serve as such Deputy Administrator.

PL 116-37, H.R.3877 – Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. The bill increases the FY2020 and FY2021 discretionary spending limits for defense and nondefense spending. The bill also (1) specifies limits for Overseas Contingency Operations funding, which is exempt from discretionary spending limits; and (2) requires the FY2020 discretionary spending limits to be adjusted to accommodate specified funding for the 2020 Census.

PL 116-26, H.R.3401 – Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019. This bill provides $4.5 billion in FY2019 emergency supplemental appropriations to federal departments and agencies for humanitarian assistance and security to respond to migrants attempting to enter the United States at the southern border.

PL 116-28, H.J.Res.60 – Requesting the Secretary of the Interior to authorize unique and one-time arrangements for displays on the National Mall and the Washington Monument during the period beginning on July 16, 2019 and ending on July 20, 2019.

PL 116-15, S.725 – A bill to change the address of the postal facility designated in honor of Captain Humayun Khan. This bill changes the U.S. Postal Service facility designated in Charlottesville, Virginia, in honor of Captain Humayun Khan (from the facility at 180 McCormick Road to the facility at 2150 Wise Street).

PL 116-10, (TXT | PDF)S.49 – A bill to designate the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, Utah, as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation.

PL 116-21, S.1436 – A bill to make technical corrections to the computation of average pay under Public Law 110-279. This bill addresses retirement benefits for certain Senate Restaurants employees who were Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employees and who became employees of a contractor under a food services contract. A provision that deems their rate of basic pay the same as such rate when AOC entered into the contract no longer applies to their retirement benefits.

PL 116-17, H.R.1222 – Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. This bill allows a state to use federal funds to cover a higher percentage of the costs for the construction and expansion of public target ranges. Specifically, a state may use specified federal grant funds to pay up to 90% of such costs (rather than 75%, as under current law). Additionally, amounts provided for these purposes shall remain available for five fiscal years (rather than two, as under current law).

PL 116-20, H.R.2157 – Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019. This bill provides $17.2 billion in FY2019 supplemental appropriations to several federal departments and agencies for expenses related to the consequences of recent wildfires, hurricanes, volcanos, earthquakes, typhoons, and other natural disasters.

PL 116-6, H.J.Res.31 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, 02/15/2019. This joint resolution provides continuing FY2019 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the earlier of February 15, 2019, or the enactment of the applicable appropriations legislation.

PL 116-1, (TXT | PDF)S.24 – Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019. This bill requires employees of the federal government or a District of Columbia public employer who are furloughed or required to work during a lapse in appropriations beginning on or after December 22, 2018, to be compensated for the period of the lapse. The employees must be compensated on the earliest date possible after the lapse ends, regardless of scheduled pay dates. Employees required to work during the lapse in appropriations may use leave.

PL 116-4, (TXT | PDF)H.R.430 – TANF Extension Act of 2019. This bill extends appropriations through June 30, 2019, for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program grants to states and related assistance grants to U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

PL 116-5, (TXT | PDF)H.J.Res.28 – Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019. This joint resolution provides continuing FY2019 appropriations to several federal agencies through the earlier of February 15, 2019, or the enactment of the applicable appropriations legislation.

PL 116-25, H.R.3151 – Taxpayer First Act. This bill revises provisions relating to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), its customer service, enforcement procedures, cybersecurity and identity protection, management of information technology, and use of electronic systems.

Health Care

PL 116-29, S.2047 – A bill to provide for a 2-week extension of the Medicaid community mental health services demonstration program, and for other purposes.

PL 116-27, H.R.2940 – To extend the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families and related programs through September 30, 2019.

PL 116-16, H.R.1839 – Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act. This bill alters several Medicaid programs and funding provisions.

PL 116-3, H.R.259 – Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019. The bill makes appropriations for FY2019 for, and otherwise revises, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program. (Under this program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must award grants to state Medicaid programs to assist states in increasing the use of home and community care for long-term care and decreasing the use of institutional care.)

PL 116-22, S.1379 – Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019. To reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes.

Natural Resources

PL 116-9, S.47 – John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. This bill sets forth provisions regarding various programs, projects, activities, and studies for the management and conservation of natural resources on federal lands.


PL 116-36, H.R.2196 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to reduce the credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

PL 116-33, S.1749 – Protecting Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2019. This bill revises loan seasoning requirements related to a refinanced Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) housing loan. Under current law, the VA is prohibited from guaranteeing a refinanced home loan until the date that is the later of (1) the date on which the sixth monthly payment is made, or (2) the date that is 210 days after the first payment is made. This bill modifies this date to (1) when the borrower has made six consecutive monthly payments, or (2) 210 days after the first payment is due.

PL 116-23, H.R.299 – Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

PL 116-12, S.863 – A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the grade and pay of podiatrists of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

PL 116-11, S.252 – A bill to authorize the honorary appointment of Robert J. Dole to the grade of colonel in the regular Army.

PL 116-35, S.504 – LEGION Act. To amend title 36, United States Code, to authorize The American Legion to determine the requirements for membership in The American Legion, and for other purposes.

DFL 51 Family Picnic @ Blackhawk Park
Aug 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Anti-Racism Workshops @ Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“All mankind is from Adam and Eve. an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; a white has no superiority over a black nor does a black have any superiority over a white — except by piety and good action.” —Prophet Muhammad (saw) the Last Sermon

The Sisterhood is excited to announce a new series to address anti-racism and work towards dismantling white supremacy. By following the Prophetic model, we are rooted in the Sunnah and reminded of the diversity of identities and how we show up. This series will provide language, examples, tools, techniques and most importantly sisterhood in order to change a system.

We are partnering with Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Eastside Freedom Library to host interactive, thought-provoking workshops. Location will alternate between Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) and the Eastside Freedom Library.

Each session is priced at $15.00, but if you plan on attending all 5 sessions, you can purchase at a discounted price of $75.00. Tickets available here.

Dinner included.

We want to make sure this series is accessible to everyone. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please email us at

Better Angels – Debate @ Northstar Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Presented by the Better Angels Eagan Alliance. A Better Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves to be touched and perhaps changed by each other’s ideas. When done well, everyone walks out a little closer to the truth, more aware of the validity in opposing views, and with tighter community relationships.

The Topic for the evening: Resolved, The US should adopt a carbon fee and dividend plan to address the primary cause of climate change.

What is a Better Angels Debate?

You probably haven’t experienced anything like a Better Angels Debate. It’s not a political debate, where competing candidates attempt to win votes. Nor is it a high school or college debate, where people advocate positions in which they may not believe for the sole purpose of vanquishing their foes.

The skillful choice of a resolution (the idea being discussed) is crucial. The resolution together with a highly structured format, encourages the passionate and energetic expression of ideas. Through questions and subsequent speeches, challenges to and support of the resolution are explored. However, the format requires that all questions be addressed to the Chair, which allows people to express themselves more fully, while dampening the potential for individual reactivity.

The conversation grows and develops through a series of speeches supporting or opposing the resolution. After a participant speaks, the Chair asks for one or two questions from the other participants. The speaker responds to the questions, then is thanked by the Chair and returns to their seat, and another speaker takes the floor. All speakers are encouraged to bring up new ideas as they wish, but to place them in context of the prior speeches, and to directly express responses to prior speeches.

While people are encouraged to support or oppose the resolution in order to sharpen their points, they are welcome to express nuance and ambiguity, and to admit that they are not really sure which side they support when that’s the case. What’s critical is that people should articulate what they actually believe, even if it’s complicated or incomplete, rather than making an airtight case they don’t really subscribe to.

Registration is requested for all seeking to participate or attend.


Seed Saving: Understanding, Collecting, Cleaning & Storing Seeds @ Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn to save and germinate seeds from your trees, perennials, vegetables, and more! Learn which seeds are worth collecting as well as proper techniques for seed collection, storage, and germination. Weather permitting, you will collect seeds from a variety of unique species growing at the Arboretum!

$41 member/$56 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Advance registration strongly suggested; walk-in admission not guaranteed.

Jim Calkins, landscape and production horticulturist, Research Information Director – MN Nursery & Landscape Assn

2019 Fire Muster (Burnsville) @ Burnsville, Minesota
Sep 4 – Sep 7 all-day

Our mission is simple — “to bring the community of Burnsville together to celebrate this great community where we live, work and play.” (Source: Fire Muster Website)

Fire equipment comes from throughout the Midwest, ranging from the horse-drawn hand pumpers (circa 1900) to the latest in firefighting machinery.  In 2004, the Fire Muster’s Fire Truck Parade was cited in the Guiness Book of World Records for holding the longest fire truck parade in the world with over 120 fire trucks.

Schedule of Events (Check here for updates)


Thursday, September 5th

Craft Beer Tasting: Ames Center Plaza

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Classic car Show: Heart of the City Parking Deck 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday, September 4th

Burnsville City Block Party: Nicollet Commons Park

5:30-8:00pm / Music, Food, Drink


Sponsored by: Walser

Friday, September 6th 

Main Festival Day #1:

Civic Center Park Area

Johnny Holm Band  7:00-11:00pm

Fire Truck Equipment/Water Displays 6:00-9:30pm

Carnival 5:00-11:00pm
Beer, Food, Vendors
(5:00pm start)

Saturday, September 7th 

Main Festival Day #2: Civic Center Park Area

Heart of the City 15K, 10K, 5K  6:45 -10:00am
Community & Fire Truck Parade
Start Time 11:00am
Fire Truck Equipment/Water Demos
Carnival Rides
11:00am -11:00pm
Kidz Korner

BAND TBD 12:30-1:15pm Walser Kids Stage
Baby Crawl Races
Big Wheel Races
Food & Business Vendors
Beer Tent  
Burnsville FD Equipment/Demos
Police K-9 Demo 
Old Skol – Main Stage 
World According to Garth – Main Stage 
8 FOOT 4 
10:00pm -11:00pm

Minnesota Women’s Suffrage Day @ Minnesota State Capitol
Sep 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Minnesota’s ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which expanded voting rights for women.

Special programs, performances and activities for the whole family!

Join us to celebrate this Centennial event in Minnesota history and learn more about the women and men who made it happen, and how your voice still matters today in shaping an inclusive democracy.

Link to Facebook Event

Log onto our website for a full schedule of events and opportunities.

E Pluribus Unum Fundraiser- DFL SD52
Sep 8 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us in Sunfish Lake on Sunday, September 8th to socialize with your fellow SD 52ers, meet candidates and campaigns, eat some delicious food, and make SD 52 strong! We’re looking to support SD 52 candidates for 2020 and beyond!

All residents and friends of Senate District 52 are welcome. We are hoping to see lots of new faces and get to make lots of new connections. Please share this event and let’s get to know each other and these exciting candidates.

Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and under. Couples can register for $35 and families for $45. Additional donations are welcome.

Menu to be announced.

Non-Alcoholic beverages will be provided and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Link to RSVP and order tickets

Pedaling the Past (Shakopee) @ Memorial Park
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Enjoy the summer sun and join us for our annual series of history bike tours! Each tour focuses on the unique environmental history of a Scott County community. Tours span between 2 and 5 miles and last approximately 2 hours with frequent stops for discussion and to look at photographs!

Participants must bring their own bikes and all participants MUST wear helmets (no exceptions!). This tour is open to participants ages 10 and up; participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Register for the Shakopee Tour HERE

$5.00, SCHS members FREE

Other Tours:
New Prague Tour, Sat. June 8th, 10am-12pm:
Jordan Tour: Sat, July 13th, 10am-12pm:
Prior Lake Tour: Sat, Aug 10th, 10am-12pm:
Shakopee Tour: Sat, Sept 14th, 10am-12pm:

Better Angels – Red/Blue Workshop @ Robert Trail Library - Large Meeting Room
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Presented by the Better Angels Eagan Alliance. Focus on listening and reflecting during this structured conversation between balanced groups of Republican- and Democratic-leaning citizens. The conversation is designed to increase understanding of the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide.